Saturday, August 13, 2011

Falling Short: Mets Fall To D'Backs 4-3

The New York Mets(58-60) fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks(66-53) 4-3 tonight, losing their second consecutive game and falling just short of another come from behind victory.

Dillon Gee(10-4, 4.07 ERA) struggled early in the game, not mixing his pitches effectively as he allowed 4 runs in the first 2 innings before settling down. Gee allowed a solo home run to Justin Upton in the bottom of the first inning that put the Mets behind for the remainder of the game. Since reaching his season low 2.86 ERA on June 15th, Gee's ERA rests a touch above 4 on August 13th. Having thrown over 200 innings last year, it's becoming more apparent that Gee is pitching to his capabilities rather than tiring down the stretch. Limiting the offensive powerhouse D'Backs after the first two innings was a step in the right direction that he'll need to continue to have a strong end of the year.

Boiling Points:
  • Ian Kennedy picked up his 15th win of the year, limiting the Mets to 1 run over 7 strong innings of work.
  • The Mets bullpen was efficient, Ryota Igarashi, Timy Byrdak and Manny Acosta combining for 3 scoreless innings to keep the Mets in the game.
  • Angel Pagan returned to the lineup and had 2 hits on the night, an encouraging sign coming off of back spasms.
  • Jason Bay continues to stay hot, collecting 3 hits and driving in 1 of the Mets 3 runs.
  • David Wright continues to be pitched around in an offensively challenged lineup, drawing 2 walks but going 0-3 otherwise.
  • Willie Harris collected an RBI single out of the 2nd spot.
  • Lucas Duda was contained hitting cleanup, leaving 3 men on base.
  • Josh Thole left 5 men on base and went 0-4 on the night.